For What It's Worth

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Update: Life, Reading, Watching...

I am happily enjoying my spring weather (other than a freak 5 day heatwave a few weeks ago) watching my flowers bloom, being able to get back outside to eat dinner and take the dogs on long walks. I LOVE it!

We finally caved and hired landscapers to mow our yard. I've always mowed my own yard. I don't mind. I even managed 3/4 lot in FL through sweltering heat. But we have a very hilly yard out here and the grass just grows like crazy. I'd have to mow at least twice a week to keep up and it cuts into time we could be doing other things. We got quotes for just the front yard years ago and it was more than we wanted to pay but now they'll do my whole yard (front, back, edging and clean up) for $50 - the same as what the said for just the front. Sold lol

I have something going on with my eye. It's slightly swollen and I have no idea why. I'm hoping it's allergies and I'm flushing it, followed by antihistamine drops. Fingers crossed that's all it is. 

Other than that - life has been fairly uneventful! So here's what I've been up to!


Elatsoe ~ Goodreads I think I mentioned I was listening tot his one in my last update. I'm already slow with audiobooks but I just haven't been in the right mood for this one so it's even slower going. It is good though and once I'm in the right frame of mind, Ill get through it. 

Unf*ck Your Brain by Faith Harper ~ Goodreads

The Worry Trick by David A. Carbonell ~ Goodreads (not pictured)

I mentioned in my last update that I had nodules on my lung and need to repeat my CT scan in 6 months. That's a long time away to find out of the nodules mean anything bad and mind was starting spiral a little.

I was in therapy (CBT) for anxiety a few years back, so these books were just a good reminder to get back to what I need to do to keep worry in check. 

I liked Unf*ck Your Brain more because she explained (in very simple terms) the science of what happens to your brain on anxiety and why it's so hard to get out of that loop. She also looks at trauma informed anxiety - which is quite different from general anxiousness. If really bad things have happened to you (like abuse/trauma) - then telling yourself  it won't happen - like statistically a plane won't crash if you are afraid of flying - isn't going to cut the fear. Anyway - I just liked how she framed the fears and came at them in a logical, compassionate way. And she used humor a lot which I liked.

The Worry Trick had great information and a slightly different way of approaching it, but I felt like he didn't take true trauma/past experiences or valid worries into account - even though he was still right about the worry spiral and how to stop it from controlling you. 

I should mention the audio for Unf*ck Your Brain is awful. It sounds like she recorded it in her basement. It didn't really bother me but I wanted to let you know. 

Mrs. Nash's Ashes by Sarah Adler ~ Goodreads

I need to write a review for this one as it was a Netgalley review read but...I haven't yet and the release date was the 23rd. Oops. I did read it on time though so go me! 

Super cute - opposites attract, road trip, finding yourself, grief and loads of humorous situations abound.

Optimistic and trusting to a fault, always glass half full, Millie, is forced to carpool with grumpy Hollis from DC to Key West, FL  after mass flight cancellations. 

Her mission? Bring the ashes of her recently deceased, best friend and elderly neighbor, Mrs. Nash, to her long lost love - Elsie, to reunite them one last time before Elsie also passes. 

The story is told in dual timelines - Millie and Hollis int he present and Rosie (Mrs. Nash) and Elsie in the past. 


The Silo - Apple+  A dystopian world where everyone lives in the underground Silo because the world outside is toxic. Or is it??? Dun...dun...dun... lol I wish it took a few more risks instead of being predictable but it's still pretty good. 

Queen Charlotte - Netflix This is the Bridgerton spinoff limited series about how Charlotte met King George and became queen. It also shows Lady Danbury and Violet Bridgerton as younger women. I really enjoyed this! It's much darker than the Bridgerton series but still has romance. I would say more bittersweet though. I thought the actors did a great job capturing the mannerisms of the the older versions of the characters. 

It's quite sad though. What happens to King George and his "treatments" for his mental illness. What Lady Danbury had to endure with an arranged marriage with a much older man (& I HATED that it was played for laughs) There were also a few surprise revelations that tie into the current series. The show flips back and forth between the timelines as well.

I ended up bawling over the final scenes though. The historical accuracy is spotty - at best. So don't go into it with any expectations on that part. It even warns you at the start.

The Great - Hulu  Speaking of spotty historical accuracy lol  This raunchy, hilarious, take on the origin of Catherine the Great starring Elle Fanning and Nicolaus Hoult is so underrated IMO. There are 3 seasons on Hulu right now and perfect for a binge watch. 

What have you all been reading, watching?


  1. $50 doesn't sound bad. I remember when you could get a kid to mow it for $10 lol. Times change. Hope your eye isn't anything serious.

    I want to watch Silo.

    1. It's really not bad for the size of my yard. It's been great to just enjoy my yard.
      I think you'd like Silo! If you watch, let me know so we can discuss lol

  2. Sorry about your eye, but I'm glad you're having some nice weather. And at least you've found some good books, even if you haven't been reading a lot.

    1. I think it's a sty but inside my eye. I've been using a warm compress and that's helped some. Hope that's it.

  3. Unf*ck your brain... I could do with some of that! 2 years since I had my "severe episode" and I'm still fighting for some kind of normal...

    I love The Great! So, so funny... Utterly ridiculous. The loosest interpretation of history imaginable. Great acting and easy to slip into and forget about the world.

    I'm halfway through Queen Charlotte and I know it's going to absolutely gut me. It doesn't matter how loose their basis on history actually is, unless they plan to completely re-write it, which I don't believe they do, it's going to be sad.

    I hope your eye heals up ok!

    1. I'm so glad someone else watches and loves The Great! Queen Charlotte... yeah, I can't lie, you're gonna cry lol

      I haven't spiraled in awhile with anxiety but I've been on edge a lot. Reading about it and learning the science of my brain seems to help more than general anxiety advice.

  4. Great to hear the landscapers sweetened the deal from your last contact. I hope your eye is getting better, or that you at least figure out what's wrong. I just got Mrs. Nash's Ashes from the library, so I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed it.

    1. I think/hope is a sty.

      I think you'll like Mrs. Nash. Sweet but emotional.

  5. It's funny because I actually just took Elatsoe off my saved Hoopla list because it's been on there a long time and I just haven't been in the mood to listen to it. Maybe someday it will go back on. We shall see!

  6. We've been having an extended period of springlike weather this year without it jumping from snow and freezing temperatures straight into 80°+ humid weather. I can't even remember when we last had a "normal" spring season. I've been loving it. It was 81° today, but the humidity stayed around 40%, so it was wonderful. 🌤

    I hope your eye calms down. Little things can tip the scale when you are also dealing with other health stuff. 😔

    I'm glad you aren't going to give up on Elatsoe. 🙂

    Have a wonderful new week. ☀

    1. The weather has been so nice, I really hope it stays this way.

      Oh no...I like Elatsoe! It will just take me longer... I'm such a mood reader and that wasn't what I could consecrate on last week. I think I'm going to finish it this week though.

  7. I still have not watched Charlotte, sighs. One day

  8. We've had a lawn service do our mowing for the past few years. Worth every penny! We sit on a hill that's killer in the Kansas heat. Enjoy your beautiful weather!

  9. See, this is why I ONLY looked at townhouses- I had zero plans to ever mow the lawn. Never have, never will. It's been super hot here- 98 today which is obscene, frankly. I think it is supposed to cool off soon though! I REALLY want to watch Silo so I am glad you are liking it!

    1. I mowed a MUCH larger yard in FL so I didn't think it would be a big deal out here. But that was a riding mower and I'm getting older. And lazy lol

      Greg is watching and loving Silo too!